Human rights defenders

Fighting for respect for human rights is a high-risk activity, and groups and individuals in more than 80 countries who commit themselves to this struggle are often targeted by State authorities and private groups. Human rights defenders are victims of threats, attacks, arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of torture. Since its creation, OMCT has been a pioneer in the protection of human rights defenders by denouncing the repression to which they are subjected. In 1997, OMCT established the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). This unique collaboration is based on the complementary approaches of the two organisations and makes full and profitable use of their respective NGO networks. In 2007, OMCT established « Defend the defenders », a sponsorship project with Swiss personalities aiming at mobilising public opinion, the only counterweight to the arbitrary power of States. [Read more…]


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Iran:  Amid heightened risk of COVID-19 in detention facilities, all human rights defenders must be immediately released

August 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Guatemala:  Pronunciamiento conjunto: Asesinato de Benoît Maria, representante de Agrónomos y Veterinarios Sin Fronteras en Guatemala

August 12, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Arbitrary detention of Mr. Mahmoud Nawajaa, General Coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee

August 12, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Belarus:  Halt violence against peaceful protesters and restore internet access

August 11, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Belarus

Morocco:  Nouvelle arrestation du journaliste Omar Radi

August 10, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Thailand:  Arbitrary detention of Messrs. Anon Nampa and Panupong Chadnok, aka Mike

August 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of journalist and human rights defender Mr. Ales Burakou

August 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Cambodia:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Rong Chhun

August 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Burundi:  Annulation de la condamnation et poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Germain Rukuki

August 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Afghanistan:  Killing of Mr. Asmatullah Salaam, director of the civil society organisation Zhowand

August 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Afghanistan

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary arrest of Tsitsi Dangarembga: a worrying turn in the systematic repression of civil society in Zimbabwe

August 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Morocco:  Le journaliste Rabie Al-Ablak libéré après plus de 1 000 jours en détention

July 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Costa Rica:  Agresiones y amenazas, incluidas amenazas de muerte, contra los defensores indígenas José Enrique Ortiz y Pablo Sibar

July 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Costa Rica

Belgium / Kazakhstan: Judicial harassment against Ms. Botagoz Jardemalie

July 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions

Pakistan:  Acquittal and continuing judicial harassment of Ms. Gulalai Ismail and her parents

July 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan